Calgary – January 27, 2023 – Umair Ahad is the founder of the Pamir Canadian Multiculturalism Council (PCMC) and is a 2022 UFCW Canada Equity Grant Recipient. PCMC is a Calgary-based, non-profit organization that works to provide services in education, environment, project/program management, refugee resettlement, LGBTQ+ and social activism nationally and internationally.
PCMC is a community-based organization that helps new-to-Canada families by supporting them through food hampers, community connections, and other human rights approaches. They used the support from the Equity Grant to provide food hampers and toys to refugee and new-to-Canada families in the Calgary area.
Watch Umair below as he talks about the work of the Pamir Canadian Multiculturalism Council.
Interested in applying for an Equity Grant in 2023? Learn more below.
Th UFCW Canada Equity Grant Program aims to support newcomer programs, human rights initiatives, and community action projects. Annually, the new Equity Grant Program will consist of a total of three grants – worth $1,000 each – made available to UFCW Canada members and allies.
- Eligibility: Open to UFCW members and community justice activists outside of UFCW who are currently engaged in or looking to engage in a social justice initiative.
- Grant Amount: A total of three $1000.00 grants are currently open for application until September 30, 2023 through the equity grant online platform. The vision of this program remains to advance equity-focused initiatives for UFCW members and community activists under three streams. These include the Newcomer/Immigration stream; the Human Rights stream and the Community Action/Social Justice stream.
- Applying for the Equity Grant: The application process takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and the platform is accessible. Apply here!
By assisting UFCW members and community members, engaged community activists and students in addressing societal barriers to inclusion, the grant is a tangible initiative that mobilizes solidarity through community action and a solidarity approach. In doing so, the UFCW Canada Equity Grant program upholds our union values which include recognizing the social justice work being undertaken by our membership and communities across Canada.